Meet The Best SPFs For 2024 So Far

Best Sunscreens For Face | Space NK
By now, you probably know that wearing sunscreen is a daily requirement to protect your skin and keep it healthy all year long. Some even say that SPF is the best anti-ageing ingredient you can incorporate into your skincare routine. Yet, finding the best sun cream for your skin type is no mean feat. The most important thing is to find a sunscreen with a texture you like that you’ll enjoy applying every day as that will make is easier for you to add it into your daily routine.
Thankfully, brands have stepped up their game and suncare has come a long way since its thick and sticky beginnings. You’ll find the silkiest of textures that don’t leave a white or grey cast, products you can apply throughout the day and all kinds of finishes that feel like a perfect last step in your AM routine rather than a chore. And if you still need convincing, read on to find out why we’re SPF obsessed and proud – and shop of the best sunscreens for your face for 2024…


How to find the right SPF for you

So, even it might take you a while to find The One, good things are worth waiting for. And gone are the days where sunscreen used to be thick, greasy and unsuitable for all skin tones and skin types. Whether you like mineral or chemical sunscreen, something neutral or tinted, the possibilities are (almost) endless. We’ve tried and tested a lot of sun creams ourselves – and if you’re wondering what the best sunscreen for you is, read on to explore the ones we highly rate.

The Best Sunscreens for Face to buy in 2024

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Ultra Violette

Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial Skinscreen SPF 50+, $44.00

Best Everyday Sunscreen For All Skin Types
There’s a skinscreen for everyone, but this one was formulated to work for all skin tones and skin types. If you want to test out Ultra Violette sun creams, this is the one you should go for. With SPF 50, Supreme Screen Hydrating Facial SkinScreen is the ultimate everyday sunscreen. It can be worn on its own, or over your daily moisturiser and it sits well under makeup.

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02

Drunk Elephant

Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30, $41.60

Best Mineral Sunscreen
Protect your skin and get a healthy-looking glow with Drunk Elephant’s Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF30. It’s like mixing the must-have Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi drops with your favourite SPF, only the work is already done for you. We like that this SPF works for all skin tones and if you’re a makeup minimalist you can forgo your usual base as Umbra Tinte provides gorgeous sheer coverage.

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03

Summer Fridays

ShadeDrops Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Mineral Milk Sunscreen, $47.00

Best Sunscreen For Dry Skin
If you’ve been on Instagram or TikTok over the past few months you’ll have seen Summer Friday’s sunscreen on your feed. The brand is all about crafting products that fit seamlessly into your routine, and this one is no exception. The lightweight formula offers SPF 50 protection and melts into skin and feels like you’re not wearing anything. If you have dry skin, it’s a great option as it hydrates without feeling heavy and gives your skin a gorgeous radiant finish.

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04

Coola

Classic Sunscreen Stick Tropical Coconut SPF30, $30.00

Best Sunscreen Stick
SPF sticks are a great option for reapplying your sunscreen on the go. Whether you’re on holiday, at a festival or just out and about, Coola’s Sunscreen Stick is a must-have. The water-resistant formula is perfect for holidays. Plus, it’s the ideal sunscreen to travel with if you’re flying as it doesn’t count as a liquid.

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05

Hello Sunday

The One That's A Serum - Face Drops: SPF 50, $25.00

Best Multitasking Sunscreen
We love a serum SPF and this one from Hello Sunday not only protects against UV rays, but it also shields skin from pollution and blue light. If you spend a lot of time in front of a screen or live in the hustle and bustle of a city, this is the best sunscreen for your face. Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to give your skin an extra boost.

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06

Lancaster

Sun Sensitive Oil-free Milky Fluid SPF50, $32.50

Best Sunscreen For Oily Skin
Anyone with sensitive or oily skin knows the struggle of finding a sunscreen that doesn’t result in a break out. If you’re still looking for the best SPF for oily skin, let us point you in the direction of Lancaster Sun Sensitive Oil-free Milky Fluid. It’s lightweight, it’s oil-free and it doesn’t give you that greasy sheen that some SPF formulas leave. Bonus points: it’s ocean-friendly so you can wear it on holiday too.

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07

Medik8

Advanced Day Ultimate Protect SPF50+, N/A

Best Sunscreen For Hyperpigmentation
Of course Medik8 has an excellent SPF, which helps to not only protect skin and blur fine lines and wrinkles, but also helps fade hyperpigmentation overtime. If acne and pigmentation are skin concerns you're keen to tackle, this might be the one for you.

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08

Ultra Violette

Fave Fluid SPF 50+ Lightweight Fragrance Free Skinscreen, $23.40

Best Lightweight Sunscreen
Ultra Violette's newest offering, Fave Fluid is another great SPF from the Aussie brand. It's hard to imagine a lighter weight formula exists. The watery consistency is easy to apply and absorbs super quickly. If you hate wearing sunscreen on your face because it feels heavy, this is absolutely worth seeking out. Plus, it gives your factor 50 sun protection.

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09

SALTEE

SPF50 Face Sea & Sun Formula, $42.00

Best Sunscreen For The Beach
To say we're thrilled that Saltee has launched at Space NK would be an understatement. This homegrown British beauty brand specialises in suncreen and we are obsessed with this formula. It offers factor 50 protection, smells divine and is reef-friendly - it's a beach essential.

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10

Coco & Eve

Daily Watergel SPF50, $30.00

Best Sunscreen For Dry And Sensitive Skin
Want protection, hydration and a little bit of radiance? Infused with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and vitamin E, this lightweight, fragrance-free and perfectly hydrating formula is fab not only for dry complexions, but is also a great option if you’re verging on sensitive skin. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy and formula and leaves the skin with a lovely satin finish.

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11

Dr. Dennis Gross

All Physical Ultimate Defense SPF 50, $42.00

Best Mineral Sunscreen For All Skin Types
Sweat and water resistant, lightweight and oil-free, this zinc oxide, tranexamic and hyaluronic acid infused mineral sunscreen means business. As well as protecting your complexion from UVA and UVB rays for up to 80 minutes, this overachiever also targets hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone and fine lines. We also love the dewy finish and how it layers beautifully under makeup.

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12

Supergoop!

Glow Stick SPF 50, $28.60

Best Mineral SPF Stick For Dry And Combination Skin
Few brands can get us as excited about sunscreen as Supergoop!, which is possibly one of the most feelgood suncare names out there. We love many of the brand’s formulas, and this one in particular is a favourite for our handbags. Making on-the-go protection a breeze thanks to its mess-free design, we adore that this non-comedogenic formula also doubles as a face and body highlighter. Ready to glow all over?

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SHOULD I WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY?

We’ve said it before and we’ll happily say it again – sunscreen is for every day of the year and not just for summer. And yes, it’s the same answer regardless of whether you’re based in a place that boasts a hot climate or live somewhere where clouds and rain are the norm for the most part of the year. We recommend not going below SPF30, and while we love that many face creams, primers, skin tints and foundations are now formulated with SPF, it’s still best to have a separate sunscreen formula. This is not only because sun rays age skin, but also because too much sun exposure can lead to severe eye and skin damage, and in some cases, cancer.

THE BEST SUNSCREENS FOR EVERY SKIN TYPE

We’ll be honest – finding a sunscreen that works for your skin type can be a mission. Firstly, you may want to get acquainted with the difference between chemical and mineral sunscreens. If you have oily, combination and acne-prone skin, look out for lightweight or gel formulas that are ideally labelled as oil-free, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Drier skin types can opt for richer textures – and if these are formulated with soothing and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, even better. As for sensitive skin? Mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide tend to be less irritating to the skin – and keep an eye out for hydrating ingredients and hypoallergenic and fragrance-free formulas.

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